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The Truffle Hunters (12A)

Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s documentary follows the handful of men devoted to searching for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, 70 or 80 years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. They’re guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairytale.

As a result of climate change, deforestation and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters’ secrets are more coveted than ever. However, it soon becomes clear that these ageing men may just hold something even more valuable than this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life. Directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw follow the maddening cycle from forest floor to pristine restaurant plate, with unprecedented access to the elusive truffle hunters.

  • DIRECTORS: Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw

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